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By Clare Jim and Farah Master HONG KONG - As Beijing seeks to tighten its grip over Hong Kong, it has a new mandate for the city's powerful property tycoons: pour resources and influence into backing Beijing's interests, and help solve a potentially destabilising housing shortage...
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO - The dollar held near three-week highs against a basket of major currencies on Friday after a raft of strong U.S. economic data rekindled expectations of an earlier policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly...
By Tom Allard and Wayan Sukarda JAKARTA/DENPASAR - Ni Kadek Suriani was looking forward to starting her second year of junior high school last year, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Then her parents lost their jobs and she was forced to help scratch a living on Indonesia's ho...
By Liz Lee KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's AirAsia X Bhd (AAX) has made "substantial progress" in its months-long talks with creditors as it aims to convene meetings with them to vote on a restructuring scheme by the end of October, its chief executive said. CEO Benyamin...
SEOUL - More than 60 cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea must notify customers of a partial or full suspension of trading by Friday midnight, a week before a new regulation comes into effect. To continue operating, exchanges must register with the Financial Intelligence Unit...
- England manager Gareth Southgate said the Football Association needs to recruit more women to work in the men's national team training set-up after he was put on the spot by his daughter. The England men's team currently have only two women among the 40 personnel who help prepa...
SINGAPORE - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday he had received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and urged other elderly people to come forward to get a shot amid a new wave of infections across the city-state. "Cases are increasing rapidly. A booster jab will...
- Manchester City's official supporters club has told manager Pep Guardiola to stick to coaching after he commented on the thousands of empty seats for their Champions League win over RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Guardiola urged fans to show up in greater number...
By Sonali Paul and Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE -Oil prices fell on Friday as more supply came back online in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following two hurricanes, but both benchmark contracts are on track to post weekly gains of around 4% as the recovery in output is seen lagging demand....
BEIJING -China has filed an application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the commerce ministry said, as the world's second-biggest economy looks to bolster its clout in trade. Commerce Minister Wang Wentao submitted China's ap...
TAIPEI - Taiwan's government called on the European Union to quickly begin trade talks after the bloc pledged to seek a trade deal with the tech-heavyweight island, something Taipei has long angled for. The EU included Taiwan on its list of trade partners for a potential bilatera...
- Teenage jockey Benoit de la Sayette has been banned for six months after testing positive for cocaine earlier this year, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said. The 18-year-old, who won the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster in March on Haqeeqy for Newmarket trainer John Gosde...
- Argentina have failed to score a point in their last two meetings with the All Blacks and coach Mario Ledesma wants his side to take better care of the ball when they attack the Rugby Championship leaders in Brisbane on Saturday. The Pumas were thrashed 39-0 by New Zealand on t...
By Renju Jose SYDNEY -Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as the country moves to reopen its borders despite persistent COVID-19 cases. A...
SYDNEY - The Chinese embassy in Canberra said it rejects "unfounded accusations" against China made by the defence and foreign ministers of Australia and their United States counterparts after annual talks in Washington. A statement released by the two countries after the Austral...
SAN SALVADOR - El Salvador's Court of Accounts, which oversees its public resources, will investigate a complaint about the government's bitcoin purchases and the construction of kiosks for cryptocurrency ATMs, according to a document seen by . El Salvador this month became the f...
WELLINGTON - New Zealand suspended quarantine-free travel with Australia for a further 8 weeks on Friday, extending a halt in the so-called travel bubble between both countries, as they deal with fresh outbreaks of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Quarantine-free travel was...
By Alun John HONG KONG - Asian shares steadied in early trading on Friday after losses earlier in the week, but China jitters and global growth concerns weighed on investors' minds, while the dollar sat near a three-week high. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...
SHANGHAI - Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc will work with global regulators to ensure data security, Chief Executive Elon Musk told the World New Energy Vehicle Congress in China on Friday. "With the rapid growth of autonomous driving technologies, data security of vehicles is d...
By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE - Oil prices barely moved on Friday even as more supply came back online in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico following two hurricanes, with benchmark contracts on track to post weekly gains of around 4% as the output recovery is seen lagging demand....
By Tom Balmforth MOSCOW - Russia goes to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament in a three-day vote that the ruling United Russia party is expected to win despite a ratings slump after the biggest crackdown on the Kremlin's critics in years. The vote is a t...
KYIV - Ukraine and the United State will start joint military exercises in western Ukraine next week, the Ukrainian General Staff said on Thursday, days after Belarus and Russian staged large-scale drills that have concerned neighbouring countries. The "Zapad-2021" war games ran...
- Australia's Test captain Tim Paine is confident he will be ready for the start of the Ashes series against England in December following surgery to fix a bulging disc in his neck. The 36-year-old had been suffering from severe pain down his left side caused by a pinched nerve a...
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO - The dollar held near three-week highs against a basket of major currencies on Friday after a raft of strong U.S. economic data rekindled expectations for earlier policy tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly i...
CAIRO - The Saudi-led coalition said late on Thursday that it thwarted and destroyed four Houthi explosives-laden drones and a ballistic rocket fired in the direction of the southern Saudi city of Jazan, Saudi state media reported. The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Y...
By Jorge Otaola and Walter Bianchi BUENOS AIRES -Argentina's center-left President Alberto Fernandez was battling a spreading cabinet rebellion on Thursday, which was sharpened by criticism from his powerful Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. The government...
SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday pledged more freedom for vaccinated citizens, even as the country's second largest state reported its second highest daily rise in new COVID-19 infections this year. Morrison said federal and state leaders would discuss...
FRANKFURT -European Central Bank (ECB) chief economist Philip Lane revealed in a private meeting with German economists that the ECB expects to hit its 2% inflation goal by 2025, the Financial Times said on Thursday in a report that was partly disputed by the bank. The ECB had not ma...
By Anna Irrera and Iain Withers LONDON - Anyone can be a banker these days, you just need the right code. Global brands from Mercedes and Amazon to IKEA and Walmart are cutting out the traditional financial middleman and plugging in software from tech startups to of...
By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK - A woman who accused Britain's Prince Andrew of hiding from her sexual assault lawsuit can try an alternative means of serving her legal papers so Queen Elizabeth's second son can address her claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday night....
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations COVID-19 vaccination honor system will remain in place for presidents, prime ministers and diplomats who enter the General Assembly Hall next week and they are not required to show proof of immunization. Gener...